20 December 2014

Tech News: Sony Malware Bomb, Android Auto, Municipal Fiber

Bloomberg’s Mia Saini reports on lessons learned from the hack attack on Sony.

Peter Singer, author of “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar,” and senior fellow at New America Foundation, discusses the hacking attack on Sony Pictures.

State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code | Ars Technica: "... But as Cisco research engineer Christopher Marczewski and Williams wrote in a Cisco Talos blog post today detailing their analysis, the wiper malware didn’t have to be very complex to do what it was intended to do. “Data is the new target, this should not be a surprise to anyone,” Marczewski wrote. In addition to denying the victim access to corporate data and doing harm to their business, “wiping systems is also an effective way to cover up malicious activity and make incident response more difficult, such as in the case of the DarkSeoul malware in 2013,” he added. As crudely as it was built, it’s clear that the wiper malware compiled for the actual attack on Sony Pictures was packed with deep intelligence on the company’s network...."

Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources | Reuters"Google, however, has never provided details or a timeframe for its long-term plan to put Android Auto directly into cars. The company now plans to do so when it rolls out the next version of its operating system, dubbed Android M, expected in a year or so, two people with knowledge of the matter said."

Need for Speed · thewalrus.ca: An Alberta town becomes an unlikely Internet innovator--"... A similar project has arisen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the city owns a fibre network that also recently launched 1 Gbps service. In Ontario, the city of Stratford and a group of communities in the east of the province have experimented with building their own networks. In Olds, the institute owns O-Net and the infrastructure, but the majority of funding has come from provincial loans guaranteed by the municipality...."

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